Updated March 25, 2022.

For the latest information from Western Michigan University, visit the WMU page about COVID-19. For information about vaccinations, visit the COVID-19 Vaccinations page.


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure, based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses:

  • Fever (above 100.4F degrees)
  • Cough (not due to a chronic condition)
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches (not due to a chronic condition)
  • Diarrhea (not due to a chronic condition)
  • Severe fatigue
  • Nasal congestion (not due to a chronic condition)

Prevention and Treatment

The best way to prevent illness is to get vaccinated. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC recommendations and government orders for using a face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.